Interviews with journalists and scholars of journalism about their new books.

Atakohu Middleton, "Kia Hiwa Rā!: Māori Journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand" (Huia Publishers, 2023)

April 1, 2024

Kia Hiwa Rā!

Atakohu Middleton
Hosted by Ed Amon

Māori journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand has become a vibrant industry, reporting through print, radio, television and the internet. Kia Hiwa Rā!: Māo…

Dariusz Tołczyk, "Blissful Blindness: Soviet Crimes under Western Eyes" (Indiana UP, 2023)

March 8, 2024

Blissful Blindness

Dariusz Tołczyk
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

The most heinous Soviet crimes - the Red Terror, brutal collectivization, the Great Famine, the Gulag, Stalin's Great Terror, mass deportations, and o…

Murray Dick, "The Infographic: A History of Data Graphics in News and Communications" (MIT Press, 2020)

March 7, 2024

The Infographic

Murray Dick

Infographics and data visualization are ubiquitous in our everyday media diet, particularly in news—in print newspapers, on television news, and onlin…

The Fine Art of Literary Fist-Fighting

March 1, 2024

The Fine Art of Literary Fist-Fighting

Lee Gutkind
Hosted by Dan Hill

Lee Gutkind is the founder of the literary magazine, Creative Nonfiction. He’s edited or authored over 30 books during his time on the faculty of, fir…

Alissa Quart and David Wallis, "Going for Broke: Living on the Edge in the World's Richest Country" (Haymarket, 2023)

February 28, 2024

Going for Broke

Alissa Quart and David Wallis
Hosted by Thomas Discenna

Going for Broke: Living on the Edge in the World's Richest Country (Haymarket, 2023), edited by Alissa Quart, Executive Director of the Economic Hards…

Kimberly Meltzer, “From News to Talk: The Expansion of Opinion and Commentary in U.S. Journalism” (SUNY Press, 2019)

February 14, 2024

From News to Talk

Kimberly Meltzer
Hosted by Jenna Spinelle

From talking heads on cable news to hot takes online, there seems to be more opinion than ever in journalism these days. There’s an entire body of res…

Christopher Reddy, "Science Communication in a Crisis: An Insider's Guide" (Routledge, 2023)

February 13, 2024

Science Communication in a Crisis

Christopher Reddy
Hosted by Daniel Shea

Listen to this interview of Christopher Reddy, environmental chemist and Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts…

Mike Caulfield and Sam Wineburg, "Verified: How to Think Straight, Get Duped Less, and Make Better Decisions about What to Believe Online" (U Chicago Press, 2023)

February 10, 2024


Mike Caulfield and Sam Wineburg
Hosted by Renee Garfinkel

An indispensable guide for telling fact from fiction on the internet—often in less than 30 seconds. The internet brings information to our fingertips…

Alan K. Chen and Justin Marceau, "Truth and Transparency: Undercover Investigations in the Twenty-First Century" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

January 31, 2024

Truth and Transparency

Alan K. Chen and Justin Marceau
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Undercover investigators have been celebrated as critical conduits of political speech and essential protectors of transparency. They have also been d…

Lee McIntyre, "On Disinformation: How to Fight for Truth and Protect Democracy" (MIT Press, 2023)

January 27, 2024

On Disinformation

Lee McIntyre
Hosted by Emanuel Stoakes

The effort to destroy facts and make America ungovernable didn't come out of nowhere. It is the culmination of seventy years of strategic denialism. I…

David B. Nieborg and Maxwell Foxman, "Mainstreaming and Game Journalism" (MIT Press, 2023)

January 15, 2024

Mainstreaming and Game Journalism

David B. Nieborg and Maxwell Foxman

Why games are still niche and not mainstream, and how journalism can help them gain cultural credibility. Mainstreaming and Game Journalism (MIT Pres…

Comics Journalism in Taiwan: The Reporter File

January 13, 2024

Comics Journalism in Taiwan: The Reporter File

Sherry Lee
Hosted by Taiwan on Air

This episode’s host, Adina Zemanek, invited Sherry Lee, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO of the non-profit, independent media organization The R…

Matt Singer, "Opposable Thumbs: How Siskel & Ebert Changed Movies Forever" (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2023)

January 13, 2024

Opposable Thumbs

Matt Singer
Hosted by Daniel Moran

Once upon a time, if you wanted to know if a movie was worth seeing, you didn’t check out Rotten Tomatoes or IMDB. You asked whether Siskel & Ebert h…

Ayelet Brinn, "A Revolution in Type: Gender and the Making of the American Yiddish Press" (NYU Press, 2023)

January 9, 2024

A Revolution in Type

Ayelet Brinn
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

A Revolution in Type: Gender and the Making of the American Yiddish Press (NYU Press, 2023) by Dr. Ayelet Brinn offers a fascinating glimpse into the …

Christopher R. Martin, "No Longer Newsworthy: How the Mainstream Media Abandoned the Working Class" (Cornell UP, 2019)

January 7, 2024

No Longer Newsworthy

Christopher R. Martin
Hosted by Thomas Discenna

Until the recent political shift pushed workers back into the media spotlight, the mainstream media had largely ignored this significant part of Ameri…

Maria Repnikova, "Media Politics in China: Improvising Power under Authoritarianism" (Cambridge UP, 2017)

January 6, 2024

Media Politics in China

Maria Repnikova
Hosted by Ed Pulford

Despite its extraordinary diversity, life in the People’s Republic of China is all too often viewed mainly through the lens of politics, with dynamics…

Christine E. Evans, "Between Truth and Time: A History of Soviet Central Television" (Yale UP, 2016)

December 29, 2023

Between Truth and Time

Christine E. Evans

In Between Truth and Time: A History of Soviet Central Television (Yale University Press, 2016), Christine E. Evans reveals that Soviet television in …

Magda Stroińska, "My Life in Propaganda: A Memoir about Language and Totalitarian Regimes" (Durvile, 2023)

December 21, 2023

My Life in Propaganda

Magda Stroińska
Hosted by AJ Woodhams

My Life in Propaganda: A Memoir about Language and Totalitarian Regimes (Durvile, 2023) is Magda Stroińska’s personal account of growing up with commu…

Peter Richardson, "Savage Journey: Hunter S. Thompson and the Weird Road to Gonzo" (U California Press, 2022)

December 15, 2023

Savage Journey

Peter Richardson
Hosted by Stephen Hausmann

Hunter S. Thompson was never a hippie, but his writing nonetheless helped define the counterculture and the San Francisco scene of the 1960s and early…

Sean Howe, "Agents of Chaos: Thomas King Forçade, High Times, and the Paranoid End of the 1970s" (Hachette Books, 2023)

December 10, 2023

Agents of Chaos

Sean Howe
Hosted by Emily Dufton

It wasn’t easy writing a biography the mysterious, shape-shifting Thomas King Forçade, but after nine years of research and extensive interviews, Sean…